" I no longer love the colours of your sweaters" is the first solo exhibition of the German painter Anne Neukamp at the Galerie Chez Valentin. It marks her debut solo exhibition in France.
The paintings by Anne Neukamp likens to successions of paint layers where the process subsist from the material surface: the under layers are fragmentary shown through or are visible in parts . The search of an ultimate form and the conscience of stubborn failure manifest themselves in this state of suspension of forms, between melancholia and irony.
The paintings show an accumulation of motives that seemingly wanting to burst, a vocabulary of nostalgic faces and cold compositions, like arabesques intertweaving on the picture surface. Palm trees, landscapes, ornaments and geometric forms are found in the paintings of Anne Neukamp, in a system of abstract images/organisms.
Neukamp comes to every aspect of a work in a repeated manner. She applies layers of material in order to partly erase it. The colors are muted in dark or gray pastel, they are no strident tones. This palette often stands in contrast from those motives originating from sticker collections or postcards.
The mundane and the symbolism of these elements are placed afar or rendered invisible by the artist in the research for the images: cliches and abstraction unite a pictorial entity. The originality of the work of Anne Neukamp resides in this fact of discovery by leaving open the process. In this way of composing image/organic elements, it manages to form a polyphonic unit. What is insignificant becomes unique and, in a blink of an eye, like the moment the Jack-in-the-Box pops out, it shows its face.